Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

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538 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
Warm, cozy prohibition era decor in Victoria's 'Old Town". In 1882 Harry Johnson first published the Bartenders’ Manual/Guide for Hotels and Restaurants. He is still known today for his sagacious writings on service excellence and customer care. He bought the Little Jumbo Saloon in New York from a peer and rival named Jerry Thomas who had founded it in 1866. Because of Thomas’ pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States; he is considered "the father of American mixology”. In addition to writing the seminal work on cocktails, his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional. We pay homage to these two and our Little Jumbo emphasizes the fine craft of preparing fresh local food with a focus on continental and contemporary and pairing it with fine wines and the best of classic and modern mixology. A particular emphasis is on creating exceptional customer experience, something very dear to Harry Johnson’s heart.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday meal was excellent. Great wine. Prompt service. Will return.

JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing meal! We spent the long holiday weekend in Victoria and had the good fortune of making reservations here far enough ahead of our time to get in.

Loved the ambience, the service was spot on and the food was spectacular!! A definite dining must. You can tell someone in that kitchen cares about quality, taste and presentation!!

We sat at the bar and our bartender was excellent and attentive. We asked him to surprise us with a vodka drink and he did not disappoint. We will definitely be back!!

GP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our "go to" restaurant when we are headed to Victoria from up Island. Simply put there is everything you want in a dining experience. The food is beyond delicious and the staff (especially Chelsea) is accomodating to your every need. Reserve ahead if you can...this is a busy place! Amazing bar tenders! Try it, you'll love it!

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very tasty however a little pricey.
I really like this restaurant

FT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal. Lovely, knowledgeable service. Very satisfying.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service!

BM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant, very creative chef, cocktails over the top

LK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and awesome atmosphere .

BR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! Went there for a birthday dinner, and the food and cocktails were fantastic!

SD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and cocktails were amazing thank you , would be coming back again.

W
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food delicious, waitress thoughtful and attentive. Wine by the glass delicious but pricy. Cocktail served with a sticky glass stem

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Sorry about that stem, bartender may have been overly generous in filling your glass. Sometimes creates and issue for servers' steady hands.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, a great dinner and evening.

p
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for food and drinks. Love the ambience and the bartenders sure do know how to mix a drink!

MC
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was more than good enough and the service was exemplary. That combination means we'll be returning, but on a day when the restaurant is less busy and thus not as noisy. It reminded me of a restaurant I often visited that was really great, except for the noise level. Management solved the problem by putting up some floor-to-ceiling room dividers and hanging some large cork panels at different angles. And presto! Problem 100% solved.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks for the feedback and recommendations. You happened upon us in the latter part of the City's highly promoted 'DineAround' event, very busy night. The restaurant was awarded Best Commercial Design for Vancouver Island in 2014 largely for its exemplary prohibition era authenticity, and many guests wouldn't take lightly to us breaking that up. Perhaps come early from Sunday to Wednesday and you will find a quieter experience.

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d
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and variety...we did the dine around. Drink flights were quality products...only downside..too popular..some at table of four found it difficult to follow conversation due to noise level from very full restaurant.

SW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food terrific. Great bev. Just two complaints: took a long time for food to arrive and music too loud. But, it was busy.
Asked server to turn music down and she did.
Will go again. Cozy and great food.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. You happened upon us in the latter part of the City's highly promoted 'DineAround' event, very busy night. Perhaps come early from Sunday to Wednesday and you will find a quieter experience.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my two university girls out for a delicious night. They are both vegetarians and said it was the best meal they had eaten! I am a pretty good chef so I was a little hurt but very pleased with my choice of restaurant. My meal was also lovely but the dessert was the highest level of decadence. Absolutely worth the calories! A chocolate crunchy caramel warm brownie with cold cream fresh. Yum.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks so much! Sorry about any potemtially bruised ego. Don't let the girls know, but the Chefs will share their recipes.

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EP
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it all. Beautiful, tasty food and drinks.

DB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food and drinks and service at this restaurant are impeccable. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an old saloon or speakeasy. It’s not exactly quiet but in that in can be private but not exactly intimate-if that’s what you’re looking for; however, if you are looking for a social atmosphere this place is stellar.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the restaurant, but this was "Dine Around Victoria" and they had a sampling menu. It was tasty, but I prefer their normal menu options.
We did get the truffle fries though. A must!

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, regular menus are back on February 4th. We protected some the the favourites with an add-on menu, glad you enjoyed those fries.

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M
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dine around menu and awesome! Loved the cocktail
pairings with the dine around courses.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thanks so much, great feedback for the team who put a lot of effort into those pairings.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Dine around was in effect, so unless you liked that menu (limited to 3 choices) or a few choices from their menu, then you were out of luck. No leafy greens offered, one pasta option, or beef, duck. My flat iron steak consisted of meat, topped with salty cheese, and an enormous amount of greasy salty fries with yet more fatty salty dip. Service was friendly, .......food is not my idea of upscale food. Very dark in there as well and difficult to see what you are eating. Probably better promoted as a place to drink with snacks, as opposed to a full service restaurant.

OT
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for the Dine Around menu and found all our choices fantastic. We went with wine pairings and were equally happy with that choice. The service is the perfect balance of professional and friendly. Loads of fun!

ED
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was exceptional. Cocktail and wine list was amazing. Service was great.

JA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love Little Jumbo. Excellent sharing dishes and exceptional cocktails/wines/beer. The servers and bartenders are brilliant--knowledgeable, ever present without hovering and not at all pretentious. The ambiance is cozy casual. A perfect place to meet friends for drinks or date night. The grilled kale is to die for and the beef tartare is exceptional. We'd have given 5 stars for the food had they not been out of mussels on two separate occasions. The mussels ARE delicious, but we were there pretty early in the eve and they were already out. And so it goes. We'll just have to keep coming back to get them again.

CA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was amazing and it was a great night out. The mussels were the best I've ever had and so were the oysters. The cocktails were so amazing I had too many perhaps and then made a bit of booboo regarding the bill. My apologies to Little Jumbo for my mistake and thank you for the correction. I'm hoping you will let me come back.....LOL. I will for sure recommend to all my foody friends.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 23, 2020

Happy that you enjoyed the food. You would have (perhaps inadvertently) hit the 18% option. Options are clear 18%, 20%, & 22%. To tip 15%, you choose 'other' & enter 15% - your prerogative. Review is inaccurate & we hope you will correct vs. leave a very public insinuation to others that we'are helping ourselves to an extra $11. CelesteA - "That explains it! So sorry my bad. Just say I'm a dumb xxx . . . I'm in Wisconsin and don't have a computer here. I didn't know my comment was public!!!!"

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PV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rely like the ambiance, the service was great and so was the food. I’d go back for sure.

CF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic on all fronts; the food was amazing, our server was incredibly knowledgeable and genuine, the whole experience rounded out a wonderful celebratory trip to Victoria.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great spot to spend new year’s eve! cocktails were wonderful and the food was so so flavourful. service was perfectly attentive and food came out of the kitchen fast! couldn’t ask for more - we’ll be back 🥃🍸

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks for your vote of confidence. Nice that you think we excelled even on one of the crazier nights of the year.

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SH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place, great food and the staff was wonderful.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks SeanH. Great feedback for our team, particularly as it was a busy New Year's Eve night.

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E
Vancouver
56 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The food was delicious and there was a great energy in the restaurant that evening!

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks Eats. The room develops a nice buzz as it fills with our guests. One area we will concentrate on in 2020 will be more focus on smaller groups (6 people or under) as this really adds to the atmosphere.

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J
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The space is lovely. The staff are knowledgeable, clever, and ... just the right mix of flirtiness!! Fun place! We had a lot of fun and the space, the people... enhanced the fun that my friends and I had... Recommended ,yes!

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks Jay4! We look forward to serving you again.

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LK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Nice place for date night, service a little slow. Food delicious, could do with a dessert special as well as a main special.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks LouiseK. Great suggestion on dessert specials. Look for those in 2020!

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SV
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and cocktails! We were so impressed!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat at the bar as we pivoted our reservation to be later. The staff was very sweet and were able to save us a seat at the bar. The main bar tender (Sebastian) made some
Amazing drinks and offered very friendly and candid conversation throughout. The whiskey selection was A+! We are looking forward to another visit on our next stop in Victoria.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks, we can't wait to serve you again!

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l
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Little Jumbo is cozy lively bar and bistro with a small menu. The staff is friendly and professional. Our Negroni’s were very standard, not nearly as tasty as OLO and 10 Acre Bistro. The grilled kale salad was way too salty, the lamb was Australian so opted for the excellent Saltspring mussels and the house made pasta with foraged mushrooms. The mushrooms were amazing but the entire dish was again way too salty! I could not eat it. Our wait person insisted on no charge for the pasta but that wasn’t our intention. We just wanted the kitchen to have important feedback.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks lopezislandfoodie, duly noted to both kitchen and bar (Negroni benchmarking underway).

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails and dessert we're the highlights, but the basics were also excellent! Highly recommend!

CM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was terrible. Server forgot about us for much of the time we were there.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on December 25, 2019

Hi Colton. Sorry to hear this atypical feedback about your experience. Feel free to reach out and we will set this right. Bruce

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TP
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was friendly, helpful and spot on. Burger was really good, fries meh should have had a salad with... Drinks were reeeeaaally good.

B
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a most enjoyable evening here. Our waitress was very knowledgeable

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